Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America’s 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.
When asked, “What country famously broke away from England to start their own country in the late 1700’s,” one man responded, “I have no idea man, I don’t know.”
Asked what Americans were celebrating on the 4th of July, another woman said that Independence Day was to recognize “the day that we overtook the south….it’s our independence….from the south,” a reference to the civil war which took place almost a hundred years later.
Another woman was also almost a century out of date with her knowledge, guessing that Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration of Independence. She then topped her ignorance again by claiming that this occurred in 1964.
When a man is asked, “What country did we declare our independence from, his wife responds, “California,” before the man says, “I don’t know,” but still assures Dice that he will be celebrating the occasion anyway.
Yet another woman was unable to name one of the founding fathers of America, while a man walked away as soon as he heard the question.
It was left to a man on vacation from Italy to finally answer correctly that America celebrated its independence from Britain in 1776.
The video correlates with numerous polls that illustrate the staggering level of ignorance many Americans have when it comes to the founding of their own country.
The reason why the fourth day of July has such significance is that on that day in 1776 our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress- making the United States an independent nation! What people didn’t know is that before that – we were under Great Britain before that.